A weird young girl May (Angela Bettis) went through a difficult childhood because of her lazy eye. Aside from his lazy eye, she has developed extremely awkward social skills. Adam (Jeremy Sisto), a handsome mechanic becomes May’s daydream fantasy. But May’s strangeness ultimately drives him away. May’s emotional instability turns violent as she gets dumped by Adam and Polly.
As how I consistently write my reviews, I get my opinions out of the way first then giving way to objectively analyzing the movie according the reading attached to it. I liked the movie in the way it surprise me, I thought it was going to be another one of those doll comes to life horror films. But then, the movie highlights the psychological enstrangement of a person who grew up without any social contact. The psychological aspect of the movie made it scary and realistic at the same time. Scary in the sense that this type of crazy killing spree could happen in the middle of our neighborhood when one person snaps into a mental state of building friends. It’s realistic in a sense that a Psychology major could explain what strange shit is going through May’s head that would make sense to a normal human being, but not me– nonetheless I understand May.
I like the movie May for another reason that I like May, (not physically attractive, no, that would be weird) in the sense that I can relate to her. Her insanity is very human and not really a monster that is out there for the sake of evil, but she does it for herself to abate her misery and sadness. I don’t even see her deeds as a revenge, sure it is violent and disturbing not I kinda feel for her still. I don’t know if this makes me a psycho too, but yes, I admit that the psychological craze she is going through is completely human and nothing out of Satan’s hell or a demonic possession.
Now to the analysis of the film,
According to Harry Benshoff in his article “The Monster and the Homosexual” he defines the normality as something that ascribes to the heterosexual patriarchal capitalist and the Other which is embodied in the monster. May shows this apparent categorization as she upsets the system the oppressed her mentally and social, also a factor of social exclusion is seen here. The heterosexual male in the movie is Adam (even the name itself implies a very masculine and reference to the prime male or the first male Adam) under May’s power basically through killing him and turning him into an object of fantasy. This is precisely what Benshoff was asserting when he said “For spectators of all types the experience of watching a horror movie or monster movie is in… the conventions of normality is overturned ritualistically for a period of time”.
The nature of appeal of the movie May is that it humanly allows you to connect to her and see humanity in the midst of the awkwardness and bloody killing spree she undertakes. It celebrates the allure of the deviant and even questions the borders of Being. Are we what we are because we defined for ourselves what is normal and unconsciously boxed ourselves within it? Or is the freedom of being set free from what is ‘normal’ give us a sense of liberation– a kind of bliss of becoming who we want to be.
I perceive May’s actions as acting upon what was self evident to her own capacity of social understanding. “To make friends” for her is to actually make them in the sense of making dolls is the same and sewing clothes. This objective reality for her is not to be blamed upon her because this is what she was forced to experience due to her lazy eye. I beg to differ from my classmates when they say that May (the movie) gave off a psycho killer vibe. Her goal was not really to kill, her goal was to overturn the current norm of making friends and in a funny sarcastic way actually make them.
The final scene where the created ‘friend’ actually comes alive might be a expression of May’s dreams coming into reality. It was a good close for the movie because for the whole set of the film everything that happened can be explained and put into rationality by psychology, sociology, and so on and so on– but, for a Frankenstein like cadaver to come alive shocked me and I see a greater meaning to it. A dream fulfilled, in which a monster, a deviant, in the case of the reading, a queer might have a place of social acceptance.